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Apr 24, 2018

BRONX NEWS: Bronx boy killed by minivan is relative of NYPD shooting victim

Tragedy once again struck the extended family of NYPD shooting victim Amadou Diallo on the streets of the Bronx.

The 8-year-old boy fatally injured by a family friend’s minivan is a relative of the West African immigrant killed in a 41-shot fusillade of police bullets in 1999, according to his dad.

Relatives said Tuesday that they didn’t hold the driver responsible for the tragic death of little Cellou Diallo.

“She’s very distraught,” said the boy’s older brother Thierno, 23. “We don’t blame her for it, because it was an accident. She’s forgiven.”

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The two families would take turns driving the kids home from an afterschool program. On Monday, the woman loaded a half-dozen neighborhood kids into the mini-van for the ride back to Williamsbridge.

“She went to do something out of kindness that turned to tragedy,” said Thierno Diallo. “It was an act of God.”

Family and friends gathered Tuesday at the Diallo home to mourn the boy’s shocking death, with some sharing hugs and others crying out in anguish.

“My mom is doing all right, she’s doing her best,” said the family’s oldest child, 27-year-old daughter Maimouna. “She’s crying.”

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According to cops, the unidentified driver was backing into a parking space around 6 p.m. Monday when her minivan jumped the curb and plowed into little Cellou.

“I killed a mother’s baby!” the driver screamed after jumping from the car to see Cellou pinned between her car and a cement wall.

Eyewitness Hector Rosado, 54, said the driver never saw the little boy standing behind her.

“It’s an accident, freak accident,” said Rosado. “I screamed out and I ran. There was blood all over the place.”

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The boy’s father, Alpha Diallo, said his youngest child was part of the large family that included Amadou Diallo, 22, an immigrant from Guinea. Diallo was killed in the vestibule of his Bronx apartment building after reaching for his wallet.

“Amadou’s mother is married to my cousin,” he said. “I knew him.”

Thierno Diallo said Cellou was a bright kid with a bright future.

“He was in the honor roll of his class,” said Thierno. “If he gets anything below a 90, he cries. He was always curious — about science, math. And he was really interested in the MTA and maps.

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“He had a whole map of New York subways, (knew) every single stop of every single line by heart.”

The dead child was born in the Bronx in 2009 after the family relocated to the U.S. from their native Guinea. His uncle Thierno Monenembo, a well-known Guinean author, said the family was coming to grips with the death.

“I feel awful, because I lost a nephew in a very brutal way,” said Monenembo. “But you know, you have to accept it — it’s human destiny. … It’s a shame, but that’s life. That’s life.”

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